British Library Catalogue Dataset in RDF/XML
From the British Library Metadata Services team:
Identifier BritishLibraryRdfCreator British Library Metadata ServicesMediatype dataLicenseurl http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/Publicdate 2010-11-16 00:30:43Addeddate 2010-11-15 22:23:45
Use of Data: This data is being made available under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication licence. This means that the British Library Board makes no copyright, related or neighbouring rights claims to the data and does not apply any restrictions on subsequent use and reuse of the data.
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There's more information about the British Library Catalogue Dataset in the Usage Guide PDF
You might also be interested in this post from Ben Osteen, Characterising the British Library Bibliographic dataset
, over on the Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Biblio blog
November 18, 2010
Some tips for processing
There is a small transfer problem with some of the files such that there is a lowercase rdf:description used at points. A global search and replace can fix this - for example "sed -s -i 's/rdf\:description/rdf:Description/g' BNBrdfdc*"
The records themselves are represented as blank nodes with no explicit URI so processing them can be more awkward than expected.
There is some information on this dataset on the openbiblio.net website, one post that may help is this one: http://openbiblio.net/2010/11/17/augmenting-the-british-librarys-rdf-data-to-allow-for-disambiguation/